Austin Peay tops Cal State Fullerton
Delgado tosses three-hit complete game shutout for Governors
EUGENE, Ore. -- Junior righthander Casey Delgado threw a three-hit shutout Sunday to give Austin Peay a 3-0 victory and eliminate Cal State Fullerton from the NCAA tournament.
The Governors (40-23) advance to play host Oregon.
The Titans finish the year 36-21 after suffering their fourth shutout loss of the season.
Delgado (9-4) walked three (one intentionally) and struck out four in his second complete game of the year.
After stranding runners at second and third in a scoreless seventh, loser Willie Kuhl (2-4) walked Jon Clinard on four pitches to open the eighth inning. Jose Cardona relieved and surrendered a hit-and-run single to center by Jordan Hankins. A wild pitch broke the scoreless tie. Rolando Gautier's 2-out single made it 2-0 and brought on DiMitri De La Fuente who got Tyler Childress to pop up in the middle of the infield. Five Titans converged including third baseman Matt Chapman who fell down going over the mound and the ball dropped for an RBI single and a 3-0 lead.
Surprise starter J. D. Davis shut out Austin Peay for 6 innings but the Governors pushed across three runs in the eighth off a trio of Titan relievers.
Fullerton got runners in scoring position only twice. Richy Pedroza doubled for the first Titan hit to lead the fourth. He was sacrificed to second by Ivory Thomas but thrown out at the plate trying to score on Carlos Lopez' grounder to second.
In the sixth, Thomas was hit by a pitch with two out. He stole second and Lopez was walked intentionally. They pulled a double steal but Davis was called out on a checked swing.
Fullerton's 36 wins are its fewest since 1993.